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Former Heidelberger RK flanker Luis Ball joins Bishop's Stortford from Rotherham Titans

By Michael Vaughton

Luis Ball believes Bishop's Stortford could be the perfect club for him to develop his talent further after signing up for 2019-20.

The 20-year-old German-born blindside flanker has arrived at Silver Leys from National League 1 rivals Rotherham Titans.

Ball, who was born in Bremen to a British father and German mother, was keen for a new test after one season in this country.

And the Croucher Needham-sponsored forward is excited by the prospect of working with Stortford director of rugby Andy Long.

"I put myself out there because I wanted to find a new club. A few weeks ago Andy contacted my agent and here I am," said Ball.

Luis Ball. Picture: Vikki Lince (12641404)
Luis Ball. Picture: Vikki Lince (12641404)

"I wanted a new challenge and to grow as a person. It will be nice to have a change.

"I can see myself improving here. At Rotherham we always found Bishop's Stortford to be a very dangerous team.

"Hopefully I can adapt my style of play to Bishop's Stortford. I want to give my best and help the team put their best foot forward.

"Last season I enjoyed myself as National League 1 is my type of game."

Ball's move to England a year ago came about after he thought he would be competing for Heidelberger RK in the European Challenge Cup.

He helped them become the first German club to qualify for either of the two major European rugby tournaments thanks to their success in the Continental Shield.

However, Heidelberger were barred from competing because club owner Dr Hans-Peter Wild was simultaneously the majority shareholder of Stade Francais Paris, who had also qualified for the competition.

Wild subsequently withdrew his support for the German club, so Ball, who can also cover in the second row, made the switch to the Titans.

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